Part of Vela’s mission is to promote a culture of evidence-based decision-making. Evidence can be defined as the information collected from scientific research, facts, benchmarking data, best practices, collective experience, personal experience and intuition (CEBM). Below is our seven-step model to improve both critical thinking and evidence quality. Below is Vela’s comprehensive seven-phase model to enhance both individual and organizational decision-making and improve student and community outcomes.
Translating the practical issue into an answerable question.
Systematically searching for and retrieving evidence from all sources.
Critically judging the trustworthiness and relevance of the evidence collected.
Weighing and combining evidence from each source.
Incorporating the evidence into the decision-making process and conversation.
Communicating ongoing feedback.
Evaluating the outcome of the decision that was made.